Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will officially arrive in the US on February 7

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UPDATE: Sony has confirmed to me that the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact models that’ll be sold in the US will lack the fingerprint readers found in their international counterparts. Sony says that this was a “business decision.”

 

After Sony announced the Xperia Z5 last year, T-Mobile said that it had no plans to carry the device, despite the fact that it had offered some of Sony’s flagships in the past. There’s been no indication that that’ll be changing any time soon, but starting next month, it will be easier to buy a Z5 unlocked.

Sony says that the Xperia Z5 (shown above) and Xperia Z5 Compact (shown below) will be sold in the US starting February 7. Both models will be sold unlocked through Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and other retailers, with pricing set at $599.99 for the Z5 and $499.99 for the Z5 Compact.

As for wireless connectivity, here are the bands that the two phones support:

Xperia Z5

  • GSM/GPRS: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • HSPA: Bands 1, 2, 5, and 8
  • LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40

Xperia Z5 Compact

  • GSM/GPRS: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
  • HSPA: Bands 1, 2, 5, 8
  • LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40

If you need a spec refresher on the Z5 and Z5 Compact — and you might considering that they were announced in September 2015 — I’m happy to oblige. The two phones actually share many features, like a 23-megapixel rear camera with wide-angle G Lens and SteadyShot video stabilization, 5-megapixel front camera, 32GB of storage, microSD slot, and octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor. The areas where the two Z5s differ are screen size, RAM, and battery. The Z5 has a 5.2-inch 1920×1080 display, 3GB of RAM, and a 2900mAh battery, while the Z5 Compact has a 4.6-inch 1920×1080 display, 2GB of RAM, and a 2700mAh battery. Oh, and both devices have bodies that are IP65 and IP68 rated for dust and water resistance.

While T-Mobile may not be planning to officially sell the Xperia Z5 or Xperia Z5 Compact, at least folks that are interested in Sony’s current flagships will have a much easier time buying them next month. They may not be the latest Android smartphones around, but they could still be worth a look for some people. That’s especially true for fans of smaller Android phones, as the Xperia Z5 Compact is one of the only Android handsets around that’s small but also high-end.

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  • francob911 .

    Would this phone be band 12 compatible along with the Wi-Fi calling and VOLTE ?

    • Chris

      Band 12 yes.

      Wifi Calling – maybe if they are carried by T-mo.

      VoLTE – probably.

      Specs are in article:

      Xperia Z5

      GSM/GPRS: 850/900/1800/1900MHz

      HSPA: Bands 1, 2, 5, and 8

      LTE: Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40

      • I’ve read on XDA that B12 LTE data works fine, but no confirmation that VoLTE calling works.

      • Paul Rivers

        On TMobile, it doesn’t “have” Band 12 unless it also has VoLte. VoLte is the only way to make and receive calls on Band 12. And TMobile has often asked manufacturers to disable Band 12 if the phone does not do VoLte.

        So for the most part, on TMobile, if it doesn’t have VoLte then it does not have Band 12. It’s very important, I wish we knew whether it did it or not.

        • GersonT1000

          I had the international version and it DID have band 12. However, it did not have VOLTE so when a call came in the phone would automatically switch to another band. This caused me many problems where the phone call pick up pop up wouldn not work and I would miss a ton of calls, so I sold it.
          Now with Sony’s continuation of stupid decisions in the USA (no fingerprint in the American Z5s), I think I’m done with Sony phones even though I absolutely loved my Z3 and Z5.

        • Allen Alberto Enriquez

          Gosh it sounds like a nightmare!

    • Luis Torres

      wifi calling i think it might work as long as it has 6.0

      i thought android 6.0 has wifi calling baked in

      • yankeesusa

        That is correct. It is baked in to 6.0. But it’s hardware dependent but most new phones are capable of it. Even the idol 3 unlocked phone has wifi calling on tmobile.

  • Anonymouse

    Is the entire Z5 series compatible with B12 VoLTE and WiFi Calling?

    • Craig

      It technically has band 12 LTE support, but I have yet to see my international Z5 Compact actually on band 12. Been using it for a few months now in Portland, which supposedly has band 12.

  • FILA

    I like this. Sony is the only one making small devices with flagship specs. Close to flagship. I really like this, I just wish Sony did stock android or a option for stock. $500 is alot of money thou

    • Guest 2

      Yeah, 400 would have been nice even with less resolution (720p instead of 1080p) and less megapixels (13 instead of 23), for me of course.

  • Rob

    Missing Band 4 HSPA is a bad thing.

    Either way, Sony is way too late – the Snapdragon 820 devices are going to hit MWC around similar price points as the Z5. There’s no point to having the Z5 and that goes double if you’re on T-Mobile with the lack of Band 4 HSPA.

    • yankeesusa

      I agree completely. At $600 i would just wait for the new phones coming out. I mean, the s7 and g5 are going to be announced soon. Unless they price the z5 compact at $299 or even 3999 it’s a no go for most people.

      • Marcelo_L

        Exactly. At this point, it should be at least $100 less than what it’s being put out for, if they wanted it to make ANY statement in the market.

        • yankeesusa

          Well, even more now since the us version i just found out won’t include the fingerprint scanner!

        • Marcelo_L

          What?! #FAIL!!!!!

        • yankeesusa

          Yep, I was thinking of getting this phone used on swappa, but with no fingerprint scanner i will pass. oh well

          http://phandroid.com/2016/01/15/xperia-z5-compact-fingerprint-scanner/

        • Allen Alberto Enriquez

          Good point.

  • Allen Alberto Enriquez

    Regardless I will buy it from T-Mobile the day they sell it. I will not buy unlocked no guarantee that it will fully work with T-Mobile back to it!

    • yankeesusa

      It will not be sold by tmobile. At least not at the beginning. And unlocked doesn’t mean that it won’t fully work with tmobile. The n6, 6p and 5x all have band 12, voice over LTE and wifi calling, not to mention built in visual voicemail without the need of extra app. Also there are several other unlocked phones that have band 12 and wifi calling, i think the idol 3 is one of them.

      • Acdc1a

        I don’t think the idol 3 supports VOLTE but I was able to have it connect to band 12. Wish I would have tried it in Northern Michigan so I could say for sure.

        • yankeesusa

          Just checked, it’s compatible with band 12 and all tmobile bands but it doesn’t do wifi calling, at least for now. Maybe if it ever gets updated to 6.0. Maybe then it will do volte. It’s still a great phone.

        • AS118

          Thanks for the info, Band 12 data is fine by me. In my area, Wi-Fi calling is actually worse than cellular, so I just turn it off, or set it to only be used if Cellular is impossible.

          I may just get the Idol 3 because it’s so cheap, why not? My phone’s getting long in the tooth anyhow, and I need a backup.

        • yankeesusa

          There are 2 versions. A 4.7 and a 5.5. Double check to make sure both do band 12.

        • RJKMadison

          It doesn’t support AWS 3G, which is necessary in a lot of areas.

      • Allen Alberto Enriquez

        Yankeeusa,
        Thanks for that information I heard some many horrific stories about unlocked phones in the past before the time of that cool 5x 6p that it stopped me from ever buying one. Of I may ask A question overall experience how satisfied are you with the unlocked devices compared to conventional carrier provider cellphones?

        • Bosshawk

          Perhaps you have heard issues because there used to be a lot of frequency mismatches and you had to be very sure you had the right unlocked phone for your carrier. Since most phones now have all the USA LTE bands built-in, this is virtually no issue. I have used almost exclusively unlocked phones on T-Mobile since about 2005 and I have never had an issue.

        • Allen Alberto Enriquez

          Bosshawk,
          That’s really awesome to hear facts! All I heard only rumors about this I just give up looking for such smartphones. Now that I know I like the idea!

        • Rob

          This phone is missing the AWS band for HSPA. Its a bad buy for T-Mobile because it means that you will be missing out on both 3G voice and data in some areas. That could leave you without a phone period if LTE isn’t available.

          3G bands – HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – E6603, E6653

          Never buy a phone for T-Mobile that doesn’t have 1700!

        • Allen Alberto Enriquez

          Wow those are a great deal of use in my areas by 35% of the time! Good Looking out Rob!

        • Rob

          Figured I would point that out since GSM is on the way out. I am actually shocked that my Note 5 when forced to 2G actually connected to the same tower it gets its 3G from… amazed they haven’t rolled that tower to LTE at this point.

        • Allen Alberto Enriquez

          Me too their is a LTE network but 6 giant blocks from me I live in fresno ca in the ranch side of town I wish they put one closer! It’s upsetting how long it takes to get a tower going in California.

        • Rob

          Yeah I live in a suburb of Denver and we have 2G, 3G, and LTE… Seems like T-Mobile should shut off the 2G and move 3G to Band 2 and push all of Band 4 to LTE. I can’t remember seeing an Edge icon a single time since I switched back to T-Mobile in 2012 so they’re just wasting bandwidth here.

        • Allen Alberto Enriquez

          I have neither seems edge too. I hope too that they get all the 2g to 3g.

        • Rob

          This phone is missing the AWS band for HSPA. Its a bad buy for T-Mobile because it means that you will be missing out on both 3G voice and data in some areas. That could leave you without a phone period if LTE isn’t available.

          3G bands – HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – E6603, E6653

          If you don’t see 1700, you could end up in a tight spot.

    • Abhi

      TMO stopped selling its Z3 variant due to numerous quality control issues and returns (as per a rep), I my self have gone through 7 on my 8th now. This is not including the boxes the poor guys at TMO store went through on top of that (4-5). Sony really botched the quality control and their contracted repair facility here is even worse, as the last few replacements were botched refurbs.

      Great phone but, let down by QC issues, I can’t see what warrants such high prices when their support is so bad, only TMO’s quick exchanges made up for it because if I went through Sony they said it would be weeks just to look at it and some more to get another.

      I can see why TMO is apprehensive about carrying another Z phone. To top it off carrier versions get late updates and in some cases miss the latest updates, this includes security patches.

      • Allen Alberto Enriquez

        Wow! I only heard talks about it. I didn’t know it actually had has that much issues! That’s super shocking! I knew that the first Z gen had great results however not so much the refurbs. They need to much a come back.

        • Abhi

          The older TMO Z1S seems to be fine as they were still selling those by the time the Z3 was taken off.

        • Allen Alberto Enriquez

          I notice! I wonder how it was never saw or missed with. How was it compared to the predecessor if I may ask?

        • Abhi

          I never used the previous one, I had an LG G2 before. I really like the Z3 other than the horrible QC issues, my last one is good. The speakers and battery life along with the great camera (auto mode does suck though) set it apart from the rest when I bought it. Loved the LG G2 but was disappointed by the low battery life and bad QHD display in the LG G3, the Z3 seemed like a more spiritual succesor G2 for me.

        • Allen Alberto Enriquez

          Agree with you about the LG G2 it is awesome for its time!

  • Joe

    Waiting for the Z5 Ultra to hit. If I’m going to buy a new phone and spend over $500, I want top of the line and the Ultra will be just that. Too bad I have to wait until March and also hope they sell it in the states.

    • thepanttherlady

      Same here. If there are sufficient bands on it, I’ll buy from Clove UK like always.

    • kev2684

      is it confirmed? I’d really like a 6+” flagship. I had the Nexus 6 but now i have iPhone 6s Plus. I miss the bigger screen.

  • Marcelo_L

    $599.99?! Dude!! Are the Android vendors still not getting it. They’re not going to compete with Apple on the basis of price. This phone should be at most a hundred dollars less.

    Period.

    • AS118

      Totally agree. Even Apple will probably be eventually forced to lower prices and/or add more features due to competition, imho.

      I just wish Google would be more aggressive about making partners update Android OS versions faster and more consistently.

      I also wish that Windows Phone and/or Blackberry OS would take off more. As it is, I don’t like an OS duopoly on phones. It’s bad enough on Desktops and Laptops.

  • yankeesusa

    It’s been confirmed by sony that the z5 and z5 compact us versions won’t include fingerprint scanner! Horrible. Just horrible!

    • Alex Wagner

      Yes, Sony has confirmed that the US Z5 and Z5 Compact will not have fingerprint readers. They say that it was a “business decision.”

  • Ordeith

    It’s a shame it’s core software comes from the world’s largest tracking, profiling, and advertising company. Makes it a non-starter for me.

  • Jose Lugo

    Dang it, I was hoping this meant T-mo was going to pick it up.

  • Paul Rivers

    This is somewhat interesting, but what would make it more exciting is if we knew that both phones would have VoLte and Band 12 support on TMobile. No VoLte means no voice on band 12 (on TMobile) and often phones that aren’t certified for it on TMobile have Band 12 disabled when connected to TMobile.

    If you are a TMobile customer, this is the difference between it being a great phone, vs it being a phone that’s not really useful for you.

    • Craig

      Agreed. I’ve been using an international Z5 Compact on TMo for a few months now, and haven’t once seen it on band 12 LTE (I’ve only seen it on band 2 and band 4). I’m in Portland, where band 12 has supposedly been deployed. Not sure what has to happen technically to allow my phone to use band 12, but it would sure be nice.

    • Rob

      Not only that but it lacks band 4 3G which means that if you’re in an area that only has 1700MHz 3G, you don’t have data OR voice.

      • RJKMadison

        That is a big issue for me. In my area, B4 HSPA is a must for voice. Fall back to B2 GSM is unusable voice here.

    • Robert Dunn

      Band 12 isn’t disabled. You can still use it.. you just won’t be able to make phone calls or text on it. My Xperia m4 aqua picks up Band 12 fine on T-Mobile and it’s not VoLTE certified

  • PCFreckle

    This is a really odd move for Sony, particularly as the Z6 series is rumored to be unveiled at MWC next month.

    • thepanttherlady

      They frequently release to the US months after initial release in other countries. This is just one reason I prefer purchasing them overseas.

    • Medion

      The Z series phones are refreshed every 6 months as opposed to the 12-month window for other brands. Sony typically releases their Z series phones 6-12 months late in the US, if at all, so we are usually a full generation behind the international release.

  • PiCASSiMO

    “Sony says that the Xperia Z5 (shown above) and Xperia Z5 Compact (shown below) will be sold in the US starting February 7. Both models will be sold unlocked through Amazon, Best Buy, B&H, and other retailers, with pricing set at $599.99 for the Z5 and $499.99 for the Z5 Compact.”

    If Sony wants to make ANY impact in the US market, they need to be more aggressive on their pricing strategy. With the LGG4 and SGS6 selling in the $325 – $400 range in the past few months, which included monthly installment plans, there is no reason anyone would pay addition $200 to $275 more for this Z5.

    Being sold outside of T-Mobile (or any other carrier) this phone should have started at $450 for the Z5 and $350 for the Z5 compact.

  • Michael Elkin

    The Z5 Compact is like a dream come true. A small phone with the punch of the big boys. Can’t stand that any phone worth anything these days has over a 5″ screen and that is just too big for me. The price is still a little high, but I think it will go down fast and will probably be my next phone.

    • AS118

      I agree with you. 5″ is still a -little- bit too big for me, 4.7″ is around perfect in terms of a big screen combined with 1-hand friendliness in my book. Plus, smaller phones are easier to fit into phone mounts and such in my experience.

    • Jeff Martinez

      I just wish they had released that Z5 Compact premium to the states. 1080p with 3 gigs of ram. Hot damn.

      • IamDefiler

        Actually 4GB and a bigger battery.

  • AS118

    I’m seriously considering a Z5 Compact on an Idol 3 4.7″. Stereo speakers with the compact size seem really nice. Leaning towards the Z5 Compact though, because of the big battery and the waterproofing however.

    Lack of a fingerprint reader doesn’t matter to me.

    • FILA

      Lack of fingerprint doesnt matter to me either, less secure then a PIN. But that idol has a Snapdragon 410, eeek!

  • Rob

    Anyone considering this phone needs to realize that no Band 4 (1700MHz) support for HSPA means that if you’re in an area that has 3G only (there are a few markets that don’t have GSM or Band 2 (1900MHz) towers), you won’t have voice OR data.

  • purenupe1

    My biggest grip with my previous Xpheria was the inability to remove or disable the automated volume level (AVL)

    • Medion

      My biggest gripe with Xperia phones is how Sony expects us to wait 6-12 months before they release them stateside, when they release them at all.

  • WHO CARES ABOUT XPERIA?

  • calvin35

    Sony literally is still making boring rectangular phones. No nuance, just a straight up rectangle. They need to update their design.

    • Thomas Sorensen

      In my opinion the Xperia phones are the sexiest on the market to this day. The G5 is a good phone but with an design that looks like a less impressive Nexus 6P. The Galaxy line phones have always look gaudy to me and the S7 is no exception, especially that shiny little ring around the camera in the back. Xperia is cool, sleek lines & minimalism. My Z3 is the only phone I’ve had that’s gotten compliments on its looks.

  • vinnyjr

    No Band 4 support and add removing fingerprint scanner is really dumb. It’s obvious that the knuckleheads making important decisions for Sony were sleeping when they went forward with these phones. It’s too bad, I would bet T-Mobile would carry these devices if they supported T-Mobile bands, all the bands. Band 4 is very important. I like the design, great specs but being a long time T-Mobile customer lacking Band 4 makes this a no buy for me.

    • Charlie

      It does have Band 4 support.

      EDIT: Oh. I see. LTE only.

    • Robert Dunn

      Get an Xperia m4 aqua if you also want Band 4 support on HSPA

  • mingkee

    Forget Z5.
    The forthcoming Z6 family will have B2 and B4 UMTS, and B2, B4, and B12 LTE, and it will have Ultra variation.

    • Medion

      And it will arrive in the US 6-12 months after the international version, if at all. Sony doesn’t want to sell phones in the USA.

  • Micah Woods

    Can you please update the Sony Xperia Z3 to 6.0.1 including the new emoji update? Some of us joined T-Mobile because of your relationship with Sony and for our phones to work a little more stabilized, a certain memory leak issue is addressed with those updates that we really need. Otherwise this is very disappointing.

  • ” J.D. “

    If I got this right, Sony had no intentions of releasing their z3+ or Z5 in the U.S. with an out dated and problematic chip. None of the U.S. carriers took it so it looks like overstock is going major retail ( AMAZON ) However Their Z6 has the new 820 chip with lots of features, updated camera, finger print scanner, 4K display, and their Premium package Z6 is a knock out —— Now if only T-Mobile would Carrie it ! ! ! / And I hope they do I’ve had no problems with my Z3 and it getting near time for an upgrade ))) com’on T-MOBILE (((